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The young man was part of a group that was reportedly coasteering in the area close to Dunluce Castle, according to the Guardian, which added that local coastguard teams described the incident as a “freak accident”.
Judith McNeice, a spokesperson for the Maritime and Coastguard Agency, said the teen’s friends made “valiant efforts to try and save him”, but after he was taken from the water by Portrush RNLI volunteers he was pronounced dead at the scene.
RTÉ News has more on the story HERE.
The coastguard rescue team was tasked to Castlerock following a report of two girls cut off by the tide, one of whom was reported as having been injured.
The lifeguards managed to locate one teenage girl at the base of the cliff, just below the caravan park.
One lifeguard and one crew member from the inshore lifeboat landed on the rocks to assist the stranded girl, who was by that point hypothermic, distressed and exhausted from having tried to swim to safety.
She had also sustained a number of abrasions from making contact with the rocks.
Although the spring tide was rising rapidly, her condition made a rescue by sea very difficult. It was therefore decided to carry out a rope rescue.
A coastguard rope rescue technician descended the cliff and brought the stranded girl to safety, just as the waves broke over the rocky platform where she was stranded.
The teenager was soon reunited at the cliff top with her parents and with her friend, who had managed to swim to safety and had raised the alarm.
Both girls were taken to hospital by ambulance as a precaution against secondary drowning.
The coastguard later found two teenage boys had been with the girls, sustaining lacerations and abrasions as they tried to cross the rocks towards Castlerock beach.
Earlier in the evening, Coleraine Coastguard was tasked to White Rocks in Portrush where a four-year-old boy had sustained a head injury on the rocks.
On arrival it was found that the RNLI lifeguards on duty had assisted the child and delivered him into the care of the NI Ambulance Service.
A third of the accolades presented on the night went to activities and locations around the Portrush coastal region, as voted on by the public.
Among them was the song for Best Coastal Experience, awarded to Troggs surf school in Portrush – while the Causeway Coast & Glens was named Best Adventure Destination for its abundance of opportunities not just for surfing and sea kayaking but also hiking and coasteering.
The Coleraine Times has more on the story HERE.
#WaterSafety - The RNLI is advising anyone planning on visiting its lifeguarded beaches on the North Coast to stay well away from dangerous cliff edges that have been impacted by recent weather conditions.
Winter storms have dramatically changed the profile of beaches at Whiterocks, Portrush East and Portstewart, creating high sand cliffs that are unstable. RNLI lifeguard manager Mike Grocott is asking the public to be mindful of the changes ahead of making a visit.
"Winter storms have taken their toll on the make-up of some of the beaches this year, particularly at Whiterocks, Portrush East and Portstewart, and many people returning to these favourite spots may be surprised at how different everything looks.
"This includes significant erosion of the sand dunes where gentle slopes have washed away leaving sheer sand cliffs, some of which are up to 18 feet high.
"Access points have been altered and on some beaches the shifting sand has left deep channels that in turn create strong rip currents.
"We would encourage anyone planning a trip to one of these beaches to put safety first and be mindful that these sand cliffs are falling away and may be unstable. The best advice is to stay away from the sand cliff edges and bases."
Meanwhile, RNLI lifeguards are busy preparing for a new season where they will be patrolling 10 beaches in Northern Ireland during the summer. Last year RNLI lifeguards responded to 251 incidents, assisting 284 people.